Guy Lafleur alleges conspiracy by police in lawsuit
Guy Lafleur at Palais justice de Montreal on Jan. 13, 2015. (Martin Alarie/QMI Agency)
Illegal sex, drugs and lost endorsements were front and centre in the first week of hockey legend Guy Lafleur’s lawsuit against the Montreal police.
Lafleur alleges his 2008 arrest for giving false testimony in a bail hearing for his son Mark has cost him numerous endorsement deals and sponsorships. His 2009 conviction was overturned on appeal a year later.
“My name is my livelihood,” said Lafleur on Wednesday. “I didn’t see a light at the end of the tunnel ... I feel better in a rink than I do in court.”
On Thursday, Lafleur’s former lawyer testified that he thought police had conspired to get him to make incriminating statements against his son by having the FBI interview him about the whereabouts of fugitive gangster Whitey Bulger.
Lafleur’s former teammate Chris Nilan was Bulger’s son-in-law.
Earlier in the week, Lafleur had taken the stand to list various lost revenue sources, such as an advertising contract with an American company that was cancelled following his arrest.
The former Hab also testified that the arrest impacted one of his most beloved hobbies.
Lafleur, an avid pilot, has flown for Bell Helicopters, helping to deliver products to clients in the United States. Those flights have since been cancelled.
“Flying was my second passion, and now I’ve stopped making those deliveries,” he said.
Crown prosecutor Pierre-Yves Boisvert dismissed this claim, saying the reason for the lost contract “could be the economic crisis.”
Lafleur said he was thankful for all the support he’s received.
“I’ve received enormous support from the public and my family who never gave up on me,” he said. “The Canadiens were also behind me.”
Mark Lafleur’s history of crack cocaine use, alcoholism and violence towards women was the focus of testimony in the hockey legend's civil lawsuit against the Montreal police on Friday.
The younger Lafleur was convicted in 2009 of assault against his underage girlfriend.
Boisvert hinted that Mark's problems -- as well as Lafleur's preoccupation with opening his new restaurant -- were the cause of Lafleur's loss of sponsorship revenue.
Lafleur had previously admitted that the restaurant business and dealing with his son took up 95% of his time.
The defence also alleged Lafleur was responsible for publicizing his arrest, pointing to an interview he conducted with the Journal de Montreal on the same day his arrest warrant was issued.
Lafleur denied giving the interview, saying it was "impossible" given his circumstances.
- with files from Adam Kovac